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Forum topic by broncosmang posted 12-17-2016 04:05 AM 1000 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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12-17-2016 04:05 AM

Okay, so long story short – someone bought the house my dad lived in growing up. While doing some electrical work in the attic he came across the lid of a freight crate that had been used to send my father’s belongings home after he left the Military Academy at West Point. The crate lid is cool and has my dad’s name and address and references USMA. The guy tracked me down and we met up and I have it.

I’m giving it to my father as a Christmas present and I’d like to clean it up and protect it without damaging the wood or the ink that was printed on there.

I know nothing about how to do this kind of thing so any advice is appreciated. Doesn’t need to be fancy, just would like to clean it and add something to protect it and keep it looking good for years to come.


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#1 posted 12-17-2016 05:07 AM

After you clean off the dust.My thoughts are spray Laquer.Three very lite coats.Satin or semi gloss.

Practice on some scraps of wood first.

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#2 posted 12-17-2016 05:10 AM

I would try compressed air to clean it. Anything wet may wash out the ink. After cleaning spray a light coat of Poly and let it dry, then spray another coat and let dry. Lightly sand with 400 sandpaper, wipe off all the dust and spray another coat. If it is smooth after drying, your done, if not resand and respray.

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#3 posted 12-17-2016 05:23 AM

This is really cool. I’d love to be given something like that related to my father. It would really help if you could post a photo. Blur out the personal info of course, but it sure would help folks on here give you some advice.

-- Half of what we read or hear about finishing is right. We just don’t know which half! — Bob Flexner

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#4 posted 12-17-2016 05:56 AM

Some pictures might help but in my opinion less is more. Just wipe the dust off and leave it like it is. Anything you do to embellish might detract from the fact that it lasted all these years. If it lasted all these years neglected in the attic, it doesn’t need protecting.. If the goal is to make a tribute, I would think about a frame or even put it behind some glass for example.

-- Nathan, TX -- Hire the lazy man. He may not do as much work but that's because he will find a better way.

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